Teen Accused of Killing Grandparents Now Faces Assault Charge

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

MANCHESTER, Iowa - A 17-year-old accused of killing his grandparents in May is now facing another charge in adult court of assaulting a girl with the intent to sexually abuse her in April.

Charges previously filed in juvenile court in June were transferred to district court last week against Isaiah Sweet of Manchester. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Delaware County District Court to felony assault with intent to commit sexual abuse causing bodily injury and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol under legal age, trespassing and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent.

According to the trial information, Isaiah Sweet is accused of assaulting the alleged victim, C.B, April 8. No other details were available.

Delaware County Attorney John Bernau declined to give the age of the alleged victim and any further details of the alleged assault.

Isaiah Sweet was charged in May with two counts of first-degree murder in the homicide of his grandparents and legal guardians, Janet, 62, and Richard, 55, Sweet, of Manchester, who were found dead in their home May 13, with gunshot wounds to the head. Relatives found the bodies when they came over for Mother's Day.

According to a search warrant, Isaiah Sweet admitted to shooting his grandparents and contemplated beating his grandfather with a baseball bat before shooting the couple. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and remains in the Buchanan County Jail under a $1 million bond. His trial is set Nov. 7.

Brandon Ahlers, 19, of Manchester, was also charged in the case with two counts of aiding and abetting in first-degree murder. He is accused of suggesting to Isaiah Sweet ways to kill the couple. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and his trial is set Sept. 12.
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